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3d Marine Division

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
Pilots can grunt too
U.S. Marine Capt. David Miller prepares to conduct a simulated night raid with multiple rifle squads during an air assault training event at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 31, 2017. Miller is currently participating in Blue Chromite 18 in Okinawa, Japan. Miller is a forward air controller (FAC) with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment attached to 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the Unit Deployment Program. Miller is a native of Queenstown, Maryland. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ally Beiswanger)
3rd Marine Division Marine identified in death
Sgt. William M. Brown died during an incident in Waikiki, Hawaii, Oct. 21. Brown, 23, a Tennessee native, served as an 81 mm mortarman, Weapons Company, 3rd battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force based on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. His death is currently under investigation, by the Honolulu Police Department. Please contact the HPD for questions regarding their investigation. Local units are cooperating with the civilian law enforcement investigation
Marine officer works from home in Hawaii shaping Exercise Bougainville II
POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA -- Capt. Evan Ota, the operations officer for 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, observes a platoon live-fire event at Pohakuloa Training Area Aug. 24, 2017. Ota has overseen the restructuring of this iteration of Bougainville II to include battalion level training events. Exercise Bougainville II prepares 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment for service as a forward deployed force in the Pacific by training them to fight as a ground combat element in a Marine Air-Ground Task Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Luke Kuennen)
Marines launch mortars in northern Japan
Lt. Col. Jeremiah Salame, commanding officer for 1st Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, meets with leaders from the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Aug. 12, 2017 in Chitose, Japan, in support of Northern Viper 17. They discussed different techniques for operating their mortar systems. Northern Viper maintains and strengthens the United States’ influence in the region and the U.S.-Japan Alliance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ally Beiswanger)
Leadership Through Obstacles
U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, forward deployed to the 3rd Marine Division, as part of the forward Unit Deployed Program, practice small-unit leadership skills through a Leadership Reaction Course at Camp Mujuk, South Korea, May 29, 2017. Marines conduct courses like these to build confidence and communication skills within their units. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David A. Diggs)
Platoon Assault Range in Korea
U.S. Marine Cpl. Michael Maas participates in a platoon assault during Korea Marine Exchange Program 17-1 Nov. 25, 2016 at Suseong-ri range, South Korea. KMEP offers realistic training leveraging the most advanced tactics and technology to ensure a trained and ready ROK-U.S. combined force. Maas is from Atlanta, Georgia and is assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, which is forward deployed from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to 3rd Marine Division, based in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaac Ibarra)
3/3 Marines and USS Green Bay conduct amphibious operations during Blue Chromite 2017
WATERS OUTSIDE OF OKINAWA, Japan (Oct. 30, 2016) An amphibious assault vehicle (AAV), assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, embarks the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during Blue Chromite 2017. Blue Chromite is a U.S.-only exercise, which strengthens the Navy-Marine Corps expeditionary, amphibious rapid-response capabilities based in Okinawa, Japan and the greater Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Williamson/Released)
Super Stallion lifts helicopter from Green Bay
161031-N-XM324-051 WATERS OUTSIDE OKINAWA (Oct. 31, 2016) Marines, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, prepare to board an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during Blue Chromite. Blue Chromite is a U.S.-only exercise, which strengthens the Navy-Marine Corps expeditionary, amphibious rapid-response capabilities based in Okinawa, Japan and the greater Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Dionne/Released)
"Black Sheep" Marines participate in Spartan Fury exercise
Marines from Bravo Company, “Black Sheep,” 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, fire an artillery round from a M777 Lightweight Towed Howitzer during Spartan Fury 16.4 at Schofield Barracks on Sept. 6, 2016. Spartan Fury is a pre-deployment exercise in which service members conduct live-fire artillery training and unit leaders are able to further assess and improve the lethality of the battalion.
Mortarmen refine targeting on FDM
Mortarmen with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire an 81 mm mortar during training on Farallon de Medinilla Range, Commonwealth Northern Mariana Islands, Sept. 16, 2016. The mortarmen fired nearly 100 81 mm mortar rounds during training on the uninhabited targeting range as part of Valiant Shield 16. Valiant Shield 16 is a biennial field training exercise designed to develop the integration of joint U.S. forces. The training enables real-world proficiency of joint forces to detect, locate, track and engage units – at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace – to prepare for a range of possible military operations.
Regiment News Snapshot
Pilots can grunt too

By Cpl. Carl King | 3rd Marine Division | November 3, 2017

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U.S. Marine Corps pilots are trained to operate advanced aircraft in often dangerous situations. These pilots are the only aviators in the U.S. military who are taught the basics of infantry tactics prior to flight school. This ensures every Marine is a rifleman. Though the chances of an aviator leading a platoon of infantry Marines are slim to none, there are cases where pilots are embedded in infantry units.

Capt. David "Tuck" Miller, a CH-53 Super Stallion pilot, is one of those pilots. Miller, a native of Queenstown, Maryland, is a Forward Air Controller with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, "Lava Dogs."

“As a CH-53 pilot, I always have the opportunity to transport grunts in the back of my aircraft so this is just one more way where I can work closely with them and support them,” said Miller.

As the FAC, Miller is in charge of directing close air support and other offensive air operations. FACs are pilots who are tasked out from the aviation field to directly support ground combat units. The FACs are typically senior aviators who have spent at least two years in a fleet squadron, according to Miller. The prospects are sent to Tactical Air Control Party School to learn the fundamentals of close air support and how to call for fire. This allows the pilot to be a valuable asset when finally attached to an infantry unit.

“He speaks from the air side of the house and he knows what the pilots are saying and what they are looking for from us infantry guys, so he's able to bridge that gap between the two communities,” said 1st Lt. Harry Walker, the fire support team leader.

Once the pilots touch base with the infantry units, they are indoctrinated into a completely different culture for almost two years.

“Coming from the air wing and going head first into an infantry battalion, it’s a little bit of a culture shock just because you do have all those hikes and spend a lot time in the field,” said Miller. “After I graduated from [The Basic School], I don’t think I spent one night in the field and then the first night I was out with the battalion I slept under the stars, but it’s still good to be here.”

The FAC billet is a not only beneficial for the infantry units but also great for the pilot executing the position, according to Miller.

“For them it’s all about the mission,” said Miller. “So as an aviator, it pushes me to be more studious and when I get back to the cockpit, I’ll be a better aviator.”

The Lava Dogs are currently forward-deployed for six months to Okinawa, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program. The battalion is tasked to provide a forward-deployed combat ready unit for in support of theater requirements.
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3d Marine Regiment Leaders

Sergeant Major Alfonso D. Via
Sergeant Major
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Colonel Michael S. Styskal
Commanding Officer
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